GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that David Robert-Daniel Saylor, Sr., a resident of Newaygo, Michigan was indicted and charged with multiple federal offenses, including possession of destructive devices and possession of a stolen firearm.
The indictment alleges that on or about March 8, 2021, Saylor possessed in Newaygo County two different improvised explosive devices. One device is described colloquially as a “pipe bomb.” The other is described as “an improvised explosive consisting of a brass fitting wrapped in tape that contained an explosive material.” Neither device was registered to Saylor, as required by federal law. The indictment includes a forfeiture allegation that explains the explosive devices were seized on March 8 and that Saylor must permanently forfeit them to the federal government if he is convicted. Saylor is also charged with possessing on that same date a firearm, specifically a Berretta .22 caliber rifle, knowing that it had been stolen from its lawful owner. Each of the three charges is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. David Saylor Sr. is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.